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Can you integrate joomla extensions into an existing website......

I'm interested in integrating some joomla functions / extension into an existing website.
I don't want to redo the website into joomla as its already over 100 pages.
Some areas require a cms solution plus I need to add a document management, article management and ad management solutions which I've found extensions for under joomla.

Is there any way I could incorporate them into the existing website without changing the existing style and layout
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j-b-tCommented:
I would suggest add a subdomain and install an instance of joomla there - make it look similar and create the bits and pieces you need and you can link in and out to it etc.  - but in the long run, you may find a complete jooma site is the answer....
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Amanda WatsonWeb DeveloperCommented:
It can depend on the extensions you are interested in also.
Some developers develop extensions specifically for joomla,  but they can also have versions for standalone applications.  It depends on if they need a database to run the application etc.

I agree with jbt, that installing joomla on a sub directory or subdomain if neccessary is a good solution.  I have done this myself with a few sites.  I simply install joomla and customise a template to look as identical as possible to the main site to integrate it.

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jescotAuthor Commented:
thanks for the feedback guys!
Snowball77 - how would I customize a template?
Can I create a template from scratch?
is there an application that creates joomla templates?
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Amanda WatsonWeb DeveloperCommented:
I am not aware of any application that would create custom joomla templates.

Bascially you need to know HTML and PHP to be able to do this affectively.

What I normally do is use an existing template and strip it to match what I need.

This tutorial may give you an idea of whats involved.

http://www.learnwebdesignonline.com/cms/customizing-joomla-templates.htm

I think the easiest way to go with this would be to have a very basic template that has the  <?php mosMainBody(); ?>  within the template at the very least so that you can load the extension within that and then keep the rest of it very simple with simple headers/footers etc.

If you want to have it match exactly to your existing site you may need to employ someone to do the customisation for you?
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